According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there will be lane closures with width restrictions on eastbound and westbound I-70 at the Illinois Rt. 127 exit in Bond County.  The closures are necessary to complete bridge approach repairs over Beaver Creek.  Work begins Monday, July 25 and should be completed this fall.  At least one of the two lanes will remain open at all times.

Please watch for stopped traffic and allow extra time when traveling through the work zone.  Signing an d traffic control devices will be provided to aid motorists through the work zones.  If you have any questions concerning this project, call 618-346-3350.


The American Farm Heritage Museum Board met Tuesday.  The Alton Armed Forces Museum is moving to the American Farm Heritage Museum grounds. They will buy one of the current buildings and lease two acres for their displays and for space to build additional buildings in the future.
The Langham Auction is Friday, July 22 in the main building.  The auction will include guns and related items and sandwiches and drinks will be available.
The group discussed preparations for the annual Heritage Days Friday, July 29 through Sunday, July 31.  Admission is $7.00 per person with children age 12 and under free.  Golf carts will be available to rent on the grounds but if attendees bring their own golf carts they must show proof of insurance and pay a $10.00 registration fee. Heritage Days activities include tractor pulls, an operating sawmill, steam engines, threshing demonstrations, a trading post, train rides, music, a petting zoo, Hill’s Fort, tractor displays, tractor parades, crafts, kids games, horse plowing, horse pull, antique car show and a variety of great food.  Gates open at 8:00 a.m. each day.




It has been more than a decade since the Bond County Courthouse sported holiday lighting but a local group is seeking donations to bring holiday lighting back to the Greenville Square.  WGEL spoke with Barbara Smith of the Greenville Women’s Club about the fund drive. Smith said she has spoken with many residents about lighting the courthouse again and they agreed overwhelmingly it should be done so the group decided to once again raise money for the project.  Smith said almost 400 letters were sent to businesses and acquaintances asking for donations of $25.00, $50.00, $100.00 or more.  Media releases are being used to reach additional people. The deadline for donations is July 31. Donations may be sent to Gold Realty, 108 West Main Street, Greenville.  Questions may be directed to Smith at 664-9455.


The Bond County Board met Tuesday night at the courthouse.  Highway Engineer Doug DeLong presented updates on a few projects and said while the hot weather is not very much fun to work in, it has allowed the department to get a lot done, especially when compared to the wet spring.  DeLong confirmed approval from IDOT for $200,000.00 in state funds to help with the Jamestown bridge project.  Formerly, that $200,000.00 was to come from county funds but when DeLong was hired a few months ago he modified the proposal in an attempt to use more state funds.  Bond County saved that $200,000.00 and can use it elsewhere.  The board approved the Bond County Circuit Clerk’s semi-annual report.  The report showed that the clerk’s office has transferred more than $452,000.00 to the treasurer’s office. The largest contributor to that amount is the more than $139,000.00 collected from traffic fines with many of those fines coming from the I-70 patrol.  Two representatives from the Bond County Humane Society said they would like to discuss animal control in the county at an upcoming meeting.    



Ruth A. Weathers

Ruth A. Weathers, age 72, of Greenville, passed away Wednesday, July 20 at Fair Oaks Nursing Home.  Funeral arrangements for 72 year-old Ruth A. Weathers are incomplete at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.

Tillie Willi

Tillie Willi, age 94, of Breese, passed away Wednesday, July 20 at Breese Nursing Home.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m. at Moss Funeral Home in Breese.  Burial will be in St. John Cemetery.  Friends may call Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  The Breese American Legion Auxiliary services will be at 9:15 a.m. Saturday.  Memorials are suggested to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or to St. John's Cemetery.

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